ACC urges Congress to reform permitting process for energy production on federal lands, citing importance for US supply chain security; group highlights chemical industry's contribution of energy-saving solutions, lower-emissions technologies

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July 26, 2023 (press release) –

WASHINGTON (July 26, 2023) — The American Chemistry Council (ACC) issued the following statement in advance of a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing “to Examine Opportunities for Congress to Reform the Process for Permitting Electric Transmission Lines, Pipelines, and Energy Production on Federal Lands.”

“Today’s Senate hearing advances the urgent task of creating a 21st century process for the permitting of energy infrastructure and production projects. A timely, effective, and harmonized permitting process is vital to U.S. competitiveness, supply chain security, and energy and manufacturing innovation for a lower emissions future. In the chemical sector, what’s needed is onsite access to diverse sources and technologies for use in our operations along with national infrastructure to enable their deployment and growth.

“Chemistry companies are among the leaders and participants in exploring the development and use of innovative lower-emissions technologies. The chemical sector and its supply chain also produce essential ‘inputs’ for energy-saving solutions such as semiconductors, electric vehicles (EVs), solar and wind power, advanced battery storage, high-performance building solutions, lightweight vehicle parts, and more. Rapid deployment of new infrastructure will be important for both.

“The bipartisan debt ceiling agreement included important provisions on permitting modernization. We urge Congress and the Biden administration to address the inefficient permitting process for industrial projects. We will continue to engage with policymakers on this critical issue for our industry and the country.”

American Chemistry Council

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) represents the leading companies engaged in the multibillion-dollar business of chemistry. ACC members apply the science of chemistry to make innovative products, technologies and services that make people's lives better, healthier and safer. ACC is committed to improved environmental, health, safety and security performance through Responsible Care®; common sense advocacy addressing major public policy issues; and health and environmental research and product testing. ACC members and chemistry companies are among the largest investors in research and development, and are advancing products, processes and technologies to address climate change, enhance air and water quality, and progress toward a more sustainable, circular economy.



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